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This review is from: Young Frankenstein [DVD]  (DVD)
I've just caught up with this movie again after a long time; I loved it when it first came out and, boy, I love it now! Of course, it helps that I am a big fan of "The Son of Frankenstein" which it parodies so lovingly; indeed, the art direction and the black and white photography brilliantly matches that of the original...Mel Brooks might be an old ham (albeit a kosher equivalent thereof), but he certainly knows how to do it with style! His co-writer, Gene Wilder, is on superlative form in the title role, while Peter Boyle manages to be both moving and comic as the monster. Brooks' regulars, Madeline Kahn and Kenneth Mars (hilarious in the old Lionel Atwill part of the Police Chief) are on top form and Teri Garr is a revelation. The comic talents of Marty Feldman are put to good use and the always brilliant Cloris Leachman is, well, brilliant as always, but this is a superb ensemble cast, including a surprise cameo from Gene Hackman, of all people, as the blind hermit. The film is just the right length, no gag is laboured (unlike in some later Brooks' films) and it is beautifully put together. A comic masterpiece, indeed! Extras include an illuminating director's commentary from the irrepressible Mr B.